NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Members of the sports community gather in Newark for a cause that is great and unique.

The initiative is called “Scouting and Scavenging”.

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It encourages professional athletes to collect their unused hotel toiletries from their travels and donate them to those in need.

On Tuesday, volunteers gave away 550 pounds of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and other toiletries.

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Daniel Marks, a native of Basking Ridge, manager of potential information for the Milwaukee Bucks, founded the initiative.

“I had seen a tweet from a Yankees beatwriter several years ago that said they were collecting toiletries while they were covering the Yankees to donate to a homeless shelter [I] I thought this was a great idea as a lot of these are thrown away from the room after checking out, whether or not they have been used, ”said Marks.

“I’m from Newark and I know how hard it is and just being here is very touching to me because I can return to my community and do this for others in need,” he told Seton Hall basketball player Danielle Robinson.

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For more information visit scoutingandscavenging.com.